Vice President Pence was met with silence on Friday when he mentioned President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE at a security conference in Munich.
“I bring greetings from the 45th president of the United States of America, Donald Trump,” Pence said, before being met with a lengthy silence.
Addressing U.S. allies at the Munich Security Conference, Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a ‘profound mistake’ Pelosi dismisses GOP criticism of Omar: ‘They do not have clean hands’ Pence rips Omar’s ‘inadequate’ apology for tweets criticized as anti-Semitic MORE is met with silence as he tells the audience: “I bring greetings from the 45th president of the United States of America, President Donald Trump.” pic.twitter.com/yr7SNVhCVf
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Pence traveled to Germany this week for the annual Munich Security Conference along with a bipartisan delegation, including Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D’Alesandro PelosiConstitutional conservatives need to oppose the national emergency House Judiciary Dems seek answers over Trump’s national emergency declaration Why don’t we build a wall with Canada? MORE (D-Calif.) and Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Memo: Trump and McCabe go to war Graham seeks new Rosenstein testimony after explosive McCabe interview Senate confirms Trump pick William Barr as new attorney general MORE (R-S.C.), Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsTrump got in Dem’s face over abortion at private meeting: report Live coverage: Trump delivers State of the Union Actor Chris Evans meets with Democratic senators before State of the Union MORE (D-Del.) and Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseNew battle lines in war over Trump’s judicial picks Dems probing whether NRA made illegal contributions to Trump Senate panel advances Trump’s pick for key IRS role MORE (D-R.I.).
The vice president spoke at an award ceremony on Friday for the first recipients of a scholarship commemorating the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMark Kelly’s campaign raises over M in days after launching Senate bid The Hill’s 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers wait for Trump’s next move on border deal Mark Kelly launches Senate bid in Arizona MORE (R-Ariz.), who attended the conference numerous times.
In remarks on Friday, Pence knocked NATO allies who he said “still need to do more.”
“The United States expects every NATO member to put in place a credible plan to meet the 2 percent threshold. And, by 2024, we expect all our allies to invest 20 percent of defense spending on procurement,” he said.
NATO members agreed in 2014 to move toward spending at least 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense by 2024.
The Trump administration has been openly critical of NATO, arguing that the U.S. contributes disproportionately to fund the group and, subsequently, protecting other countries that pay less. Members contribute toward defense spending in their respective budgets to fund NATO.
The New York Times reported last month that Trump indicated multiple times last year that he wanted the U.S. to withdraw from NATO.
Pence on Friday also blasted China and Russia in front of delegations from both countries
“Under President Trump’s leadership, the United States has also made it clear that China must address the longstanding issues of intellectual-property theft, forced technology transfer, and other structural issues in China that have placed a burden on our economy and on economies around the world,” he said.
Pence later noted the U.S.’s move to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. The decision to withdraw has triggered questions about the potential impact on European security and the global strategic environment amid weakened U.S.–Russia relations.